Open Tent – October 2020

Neighborhood Connections

Doris Jacobson

opentent@bethelsp.org

The mission of TBE’s Open Tent program includes enriching and deepening the connections between people within the Temple Beth El community.

One way we will do this is through our newly launched Neighborhood Connections program. Through Neighborhood Connections, we will connect people within their neighborhoods so that we can get to know each other better. We’re all spread out at TBE geographically. When we can meet at the Temple face to face, distance is less important. But we don’t always know the TBE member who may live around the corner or down the hill. The mission of TBE’s Open Tent program includes enriching and deepening the connections between people within the Temple Beth El community.

We hope that by connecting our neighbors, not only will we get to know those TBE members who live close to us, but perhaps when we are together again, we will share a Shabbat pot luck, light Hanukkah candles with each other, or perhaps drive to Temple together. Within Neighborhood Connections, each of us will have a local community that cares about us.

Temple Beth El is proud to be warm and welcoming. Through Neighborhood Connections, we will enhance this and make sure that all of our members are engaged.

Each neighborhood will have a “Neighborhood Connector.” Their role will be simple – to keep in touch with your neighbors and to let them know they have a local community that cares about them. We launched Neighborhood Connections prior to Rosh HaShanah with the delivery of our holiday gift bags. 36 (double hai!) wonderful volunteers delivered 270 gift bags to 28 Temple neighborhoods! We greatly appreciate their bringing the sweetness of the New Year to their neighbors.

Watch for more information on Neighborhood Connections. If you would like to be that special person who connects your neighborhood, please contact me at opentent@bethelsp.org

In the famous words of Mr. Rodgers, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Won’t you be my neighbor?